Out of concern for the safety of our community due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Wisconsin-Madison 2020 Wisconsin Film Festival is canceled.

Last updated: March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Announcements

Additional updates will be shared here on our website and on social media as things evolve.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many of our patrons have reached out with questions related to the Festival cancelation, but as is true with so much at this moment, the answers are evolving. We will use this page to respond with what we know at the moment, and time-stamp the information as answers change.

The most common questions (and their current answers) are:

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Will tickets be refunded?

Yes. Campus Arts Ticketing will be processing refunds for canceled events, including the Wisconsin Film Festival. We are hoping to offer patrons a few options, including a way to turn ticket purchases into donations to the Festival.

Will you stream the 2020 film selections?

We are in communication with filmmakers whose work was to be shown at this year’s Festival to discuss possibilities. More information is forthcoming.

Will films from the 2020 schedule appear in the 2021 Festival?

We will look into some options for rescheduling screenings, particularly for Wisconsin’s Own films and other films that will not have gone into general release or streaming platforms by then.

How can we help local organizations impacted by social distancing?

Visit our Sponsors & Partners page and click on any organization’s logo. There you’ll find options for things like making donations, placing food orders, or pre-purchasing gift cards for later use. Please help us show gratitude and support for those organizations that love great film.

WFF 2020 Cancelation

The 2020 Wisconsin Film Festival is canceled as a result of the threat posed by COVID-19. The University of Wisconsin–Madison recently suspended Spring Semester classroom instruction and canceled events with more than 50 people through at least April 10. At this time, we are in the process of notifying filmmakers, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and all of our stakeholders.

Tickets for the 2020 Wisconsin Film Festival will be refunded. We humbly ask for patience as we work through the many details involved with this process. We would be grateful if you could refrain from contacting the box office at this time. Updates will be posted on our website as more information becomes available.

We are grateful for your understanding of this difficult situation and your support of us through the years. Know that we remain committed to our mission of celebrating the best in global cinema and look forward to seeing you at next year’s Wisconsin Film Festival, April 8–15, 2021.

Our hearts go out to all of the people and communities affected by COVID-19.


Professor Kelley Conway
Artistic Director, Wisconsin Film Festival

Susan Zaeske
Interim Director UW-Madison Division of the Arts

And the entire team at the Wisconsin Film Festival